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10 Books By Authors of Nigerian Descent Coming Out In 2020

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Hi everyone. I’m back from my hiatus and I’m starting off with a list of 10 books by authors of Nigerian descent coming out in 2020 across various genres. I’m always excited to read books by Nigerian authors and I hope to share some of that excitement with you in this list.

You will notice a D besides some book titles, this shows that its the author’s debut book. I felt this was necessary because its good to support debut authors so they can keep writing good books.

Let’s dig in.

FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION

IKENGA BY NNEDI OKORAFOR

Book cover of Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

Middle-grade fantasy from the author of Binti, Who Fears Death and Akata Witch. I’m a huge fan of Nnedi’s books as she creates really unique world in her books, merging African mythology and history with fantasy and science fiction. This book follows Nnamdi, whose desire to avenge his father’s death is given a chance when he is granted superpowers by a mysterious artifact. The title, Ikenga means “place of strength” in Igbo language, it is an Igbo deity that’s represented by a horned statue.

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Nnedi Okorafor’s first novel for middle grade readers introduces a boy who can access super powers with the help of the magical Ikenga.

Nnamdi’s father was a good chief of police, perhaps the best Kalaria had ever had. He was determined to root out the criminals that had invaded the town. But then he was murdered, and most people believed the Chief of Chiefs, most powerful of the criminals, was responsible. Nnamdi has vowed to avenge his father, but he wonders what a twelve-year-old boy can do. Until a mysterious nighttime meeting, the gift of a magical object that enables super powers, and a charge to use those powers for good changes his life forever. How can he fulfill his mission? How will he learn to control his newfound powers?

Award-winning Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed for her Akata novels, introduces a new and engaging hero in her first novel for middle grade readers set against a richly textured background of contemporary Nigeria.

Release date: 20th August

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

THE INFINITE – THE LEAP CYCLE BY PATIENCE AGBABI

Book cover of The Infinite by Patience Agbabi

Set in a world where some children born on the 29th of February possess a gift – the ability to travel through time. When Elle Bibi-Imbele Ifie uses her powers on her twelfth birthday, she receives a warning from the future and is pulled into a mystery. Children like her are disappearing and it’s up to her to find out why before she’s next.

I love time travel mystery books and this one has such a unique premise, children born on a leap day with powers! How cool is that? Now I’m wondering if I have any friends born on a leap day, I need to ask some questions.

Release date: 2nd April

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

RIOT BABY BY TOCHI ONYEBUCHI

Book cover of Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Ella can see things that haven’t happened yet. As her power grows stronger, her brother Kev tries to protect her from it but is jailed. While witnessing all the injustice around her and watching her brother suffer in jail, Ella struggles to hold back her power and all the rage and hope it brings.

A book about family, racism, power, and revolution, Riot Baby will have you asking some important questions.

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Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor’s son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven’t happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands.

Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.Ella and Kev are both shockingly human and immeasurably powerful. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by racism. Their futures might alter the world.

Release date: 21st January

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

CONTEMPORARY

BLACK SUNDAY BY TOLA ROTIMI ABRAHAM    D

Book cover of Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham, a Nigerian book

Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike comfortable lives are overturned when their mother loses her job, their father loses their house and their parent’s marriage collapses.

Thrust into the care of their traditional Yoruba grandmother, each sister strays onto different paths as they struggle to get their lives together. Over the course of two decades, we follow them through every struggle and accomplishment in this novel about family, oppression, hope, and love.

CW: sexual assault

Release date: 4th February

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI BY AKWAEKE EMEZI

The death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

After giving us Freshwater and PET, Akwaeke is here with another book that’s sure to thrill us. This novel starts with the death of Vivek Oji and we’re taken back in time to see what lead to that pivotal moment. Fellow book blogger Amyn @ lipglossmafia describes Akwaeke books as “surreal” and I’m looking forward to seeing how this book follows that trend.

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This is the tale of Vivek Oji. It begins with his end, his naked body shrouded on his mother’s doorstep, and moves backwards through time to unpick the story of his life and the mystery surrounding his death.

As compulsively readable as it is tender and potent, this is a fresh, engaging novel about the innocence of youth and how it clashes with culture and expectation. The Death of Vivek Oji is the story of a Nigerian childhood quite different from those we have been told before, as Emezi’s writing speaks to the truth of realities other than those that have already been seen.

Release date: 4th August

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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THE MECHANICS OF YENAGOA BY MICHAEL AFENFIA

Book cover of the mechanics of Yenagoa by Michael Afenfia

A weekly blog series turned into a novel, it follows the adventures of Ebinimi, a mechanic of Kalakala Street. From getting caught in love triangles to run-ins with crooked politicians and assassins, Ebinimi gets into all kinds of stories as we explore Yenagoa through his eyes and those around him. This book is published by Masobe, a new Nigerian publisher and I’m excited to see what they bring to the table.

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Ebinimi, star mechanic of Kalakala Street, is a man with a hapless knack for getting in and out of trouble. Some of his troubles are self-inflicted: like his recurring entanglements in love triangles; and his unauthorised joyriding of a customer’s car which sets off a chain of dire events involving drugs, crooked politicians, and assassins. Other troubles are caused by the panorama of characters in his life, like: his sister and her dysfunctional domestic situation; the three other mechanics he employs; and the money-loving preacher who has all but taken over his home.

The story is fast-paced with surprising twists and a captivating plot – a Dickenesque page-turner. This is Ebinimi’s story but it is about a lot more than him. It is an exploration of the dynamics between working-class people as they undertake a colourful tour of Yenagoa, one of Nigeria’s lesser-known cities, while using humour, sex, and music, as coping mechanisms for the everyday struggle. It is a modern-classic tale of small lives navigating a big city.

Release date: Coming soon

Get the book: Masobe Books

THE MADHOUSE BY TJ BENSON

Book-cover-of-The-Madhouse-by-T.J-Benson

Since reading Benson’s short story collection, We Won’t Fade Into The Darkness, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to his first full-length novel. The Madhouse follows a family from its creation to the births of two brothers, Max and Andre, who grow up during turbulent times and face many struggles.

Release date: Coming Soon

Get the book: Masobe Books

THE RETURNEES BY ELIZABETH OKOH    D

Book cover of The Returnees by Elizabeth Okoh, a Nigerian book

When Osayuki decided to leave London and return to Nigeria, a country she hasn’t been to in years, she has no idea what she might find there apart from her new job in the fashion industry. At the airport, she has a chance encounter with Cynthia Okoye and Kian Bajo. In Lagos, Osayuki struggles to find her place and crosses paths with Cynthia and Kian again, this leads to events that might change her life forever.

Release Date: 26th May

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

ANTHOLOGY & SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

A BROKEN PEOPLE’S PLAYLIST BY CHIMEKA GARRICKS

Book cover of A-Broken-Peoples-Playlist

A Broken People’s Playlist is a collection of short stories with underlying themes so beautifully woven that each story flows into the other seamlessly. From its poignant beginning in “Lost Stars” a story about love and it’s fleeting, transient nature to the gritty, raw musical prose encapsulated in “In The City”, a tale of survival set in the alleyways of the waterside. A Broken People’s Playlist is a mosaic of stories about living, loving and hurting through very familiar sounds, in very familiar ways and finding healing in the most unlikely places. (Synopsis from Publisher)

You should also check out his other book, Tomorrow Died Yesterday which is a gripping tale of a region in turmoil.

Release date: Coming Soon

Get the book: Masobe Books

LOVE IN COLOUR BY BOLU BABALOLA    D

A collection of short stories inspired by history and mythology, Love In Color takes old tales, from Greek myths to Nigerian folklores, and retells them as a celebration of love from around the world.

First of all, I love anything inspired by mythology, especially when it’s focused on black characters and just look at that gorgeous cover.

Release date: 9th July

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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Chat time! Are you looking forward to reading any of these books? Which of these books are you going to add to your reading list? Let me know in the comments below. If you want even more books by Nigerian authors, I’ve got another list of books by Nigerian authors published in 2019.

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7 Comments

  • Mighty
    May 22, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Seriously am so glad to find your site, I never knew Nigerians are writing novels like am surprise dear.
    Now I can start reading homemade books thank you so much.. I hope you can create more awareness please..
    Thanks again

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  • […] Etinosa from Uwadis shared 10 Books By Authors of Nigerian Descent Coming Out In 2020 […]

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  • Kal @ Reader Voracious
    February 18, 2020 at 4:04 AM

    Welcome back and what a great list of upcoming releases!

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  • Azeeza
    February 3, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    Well done, Etinosa 💯💪🏾💪🏾
    I’m really looking forward to reading the Masobe titles especially that Mad House 🥰🥰

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    • Etinosa
      February 5, 2020 at 2:02 PM

      Same here. I’ve been eagerly looking forward to Benson’s next work.

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  • Arina
    February 3, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Welcome back 😌 Really glad you did because this post is absolutely amazing! Thank you for spreding such great reads. They all jumped to my tbr but really looking forward to Love in Colour since I love mythology and can’t get enought ot it.

    Also, I noticed Masobe press has a Book Club and my fingers are itching 👀

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    • Etinosa
      February 5, 2020 at 2:05 PM

      Thanks, Arina. I’m looking forward to Love In Color as well, I love mythological retellings so I’m anxious to read it.

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